A model for success
We are led by a team of passionate and respected experts with proven track records of success in drug discovery and commercialization. Their knowledge and experience help foster and inspire innovation at every level of the company. Learn more about what makes us unique.
Our Board of Directors includes the executive leadership of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd.
Patricia S. Andrews
Chief Executive Officer
Global Head of Oncology
Patricia S. Andrews serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Global Head of Oncology. Prior to joining Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Oncology (SDP Oncology), Ms. Andrews spent 7 years at Boston Biomedical, Inc., one of the predecessor companies, and served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Boston Biomedical, Ms. Andrews served as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Incyte Corporation, a U.S.-based biopharmaceutical company. In this role, she led the transition from a clinical-stage research and development organization to a successful commercial enterprise with the launch of its first-for-the-company, first-in-class, first-in-disease, orphan oncology product. She established the commercial organization and led all functions within sales and marketing. She was also responsible for business development and completed multiple significant product licensing deals for Incyte, including one of the largest licensing deals in biotech in 2009.
Prior to her experience at Incyte, Ms. Andrews spent 17 years at Pfizer Inc., culminating in her role as Vice President and General Manager of the U.S. Oncology Business Unit, at the time a $900 million portfolio of products in colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and renal cell carcinoma. Ms. Andrews is an Executive Officer of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd. and serves on the board of GlycoMimetics [Nasdaq: GLYC]. Ms. Andrews received her M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Brown University.
Edgar Braendle, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Global Head of Development
Edgar Braendle, M.D., Ph.D. serves as the Chief Medical Officer and Global Head of Development. Prior to joining SDP Oncology, Dr. Braendle spent 3 years at Boston Biomedical, Inc., one of the predecessor companies, and served as Executive Vice President, Head of R&D and Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Braendle has more than 20 years of industry experience leading clinical development and oncology diagnostics and treatments. Prior to joining Boston Biomedical, he served as President and CEO of ARUP Laboratories, a national clinical and anatomic pathology reference laboratory. Previously, he spent more than a decade at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, culminating in his role as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Companion Diagnostics. In this role, Dr. Braendle led the company’s precision medicine approach, delivering all complementary and companion diagnostics for Novartis Medicines, and driving exploratory biomarker development. In an earlier position as Vice President, Global Head of Oncology Biologics, he developed Novartis oncology biologics in early to late stages, successfully filing 8 investigational new drug applications.
Dr. Braendle received a medical degree and training in hematologic malignancies and solid tumor oncology, pharmacology and urology at the University of Aachen, University of Bonn, and the University of Ulm in Germany.
Masashi Murata, Ph.D.
Chief Strategy Officer
Global Strategy and Planning
Masashi Murata, Ph.D. serves as Chief Strategy Officer, Global Strategy and Planning, as well as the Interim Steward of US Global Research. In this role, he formulates and monitors the execution of corporate strategy and associated plans in support of the company’s vision, mission, and business imperatives. Prior to joining SDP Oncology, Dr. Murata served as Chief Strategic Officer, Global Strategy and Planning and Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Planning at Boston Biomedical, Inc., one of the predecessor companies.
Dr. Murata has more than 26 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, leading multiple clinical development programs in Japan and managing collaborations and alliances. Dr. Murata also oversaw clinical development programs, drug discovery, and preclinical research programs at Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd., culminating in the role of Director in the Global Strategy Group of the Global Oncology Office. Dr. Murata also led several preclinical-stage research programs, including in-house at Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma and third-party collaboration programs at AstraZeneca plc in immunology, gene therapy, and oncology.
Dr. Murata earned his Doctor of Philosophy and Faculty of Sciences degrees from Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan, and has also co-authored articles in several peer-reviewed publications.